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Black Sun Planetary Solutions

A low-cost solar thermal collector that can generate clean energy for half the production cost of existing technologies.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location San Diego, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2013
  • Employees 9
  • Website

Company Summary

To compete with fossil fuels, solar technologies must become low cost, suitable for mass production, and easy to implement. Our company has developed a solar thermal collector that uses low-precision manufacturing techniques and inexpensive materials to produce electricity at half the cost of existing technologies. With fossil fuel depletion and pollution rampant throughout the world, the time for a breakthrough in renewable energy is now.


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    Terrance Yee
    President and CEO

    Mr. Yee has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has served as Chief Engineer for five spacecraft, Integration and Test Lead for two spacecraft, Program Manager for a spacecraft and a launch vehicle, and has had a lead role in flight operations on two missions. He has also served as a director of new business development and has lead or contributed to dozens of proposals.

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    TJ Sayer
    Chief Technical Officer

    TJ Sayer has over twenty years of experience working in small companies growing and developing new products into commercial successes. At Sierra Nevada Corporation, TJ and Terrance oversaw the technical execution of over $100M in contracts for a commercial space program and have worked together on four other major satellite programs.

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    Brandon Copp
    Project Manager

    In May of 2013, Brandon graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a MS in Aerospace Engineering, where he served as project manager for his graduate design capstone project. He previously earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois and interned for the Black Sun team for two years as a graduate student.

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    Zherrina Manilay
    Mechanical Engineer

    Zherrina graduated from UCSD with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2013. She began interning for the project in June of 2013. At UCSD, she worked as an undergraduate researcher for a biological materials-inspired engineering lab and, for her senior project, designed a human head-and-neck phantom for aid in radiation therapy for the Moore's Cancer Center.

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    Steven Ramm
    Thermal Engineer

    Steven graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in Aerospace Engineering in May of 2013. During his undergraduate career, Steven interned at Lockheed Martin, served as project manager for a JPL sponsored senior capstone project, and interned for the Black Sun team for two years.

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    Adam Orris
    Electrical Engineer

    Adam earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering in December 2012 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he did web programming with Ground Segment for the DANDE satellite at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines. He also has experience in education and with nonprofit organizations.

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    Alexander Lebedeff
    Business Development Manager

    Mr. Lebedeff's experience is broad and international, encompassing high technologies, product design, project management and business development. He has served as CEO and Chief Consultant of Ostrovka LLC (a private marketing and business development consulting firm), Chief Technical Officer and Business Development Director at Jaksiko JSC, and Marketing Director at NIIT Lomonosov University.


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    Steve Krause
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    Louie Wong